In the world of politics there are good days and there are bad days. Mitch McConnell just had a very, very, VERY bad day.
Wednesday started out with the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing that he was pulling his third attempt to repeal Obamacare from the floor. Even though his party controls the senate McConnell couldn’t wrangle enough votes to fulfill the party’s number one campaign promise. A staggering defeat for the party’s powerful legislative leader. A result made all the more humiliating when the president publically criticized McConnell’s leadership as the reason for the defeat.
Unfortunately for Mitch the storm cloud didn’t end there.
Later in the day powerful Tennessee Senator Bob Corker announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018. For years Corker has served as a loyal supporter of McConnell’s moderate agenda. Corker’s retirement opens yet another seat that McConnell will have to defend in the upcoming mid-terms. Corker’s reasoning stepping down…frustration over the dysfunction of the august body…a direct slap at McConnell’s leadership.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Mitch came the results of the Alabama senate runoff race to fill Jeff Sessions vacated seat. McConnell’s candidate of choice, moderate Luther Strange was soundly trounced by radical Evangelical bomb thrower, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore has some radical views. He has stated publically that homosexuality should be illegal, that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in the government and that the 9/11 attack was retribution from God for our perversions. Moore has vowed to end McConnell’s reign as Majority Leader.
As bad as yesterday was, today doesn’t bode to be much better for the embattled senator from Kentucky.
The Trump administration is scheduled to release the details of its plan for tax reform. Having been burned by McConnell’s embarrassing failure to pass health care reform, the frustrated president has already said the he will work with Democrats Chuck (Schumer) and Nancy (Pelosi) to pass a tax reform bill into law. Bitter words for a Republican Majority Leader to hear from a Republican President.
Republicans are in disarray and the wheels are coming off for the usually unflappable Majority Leader.